GLASS RIFLE

GLASS RIFLE

 New York City, New York, USA
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"Impossible to ignore."
Joe Marvilli, Consequence Of Sound

Biography

"Glass Rifle are a sonic battering of dischordant power pop, with killer guitar licks offsetting fierce beats that literally pummel you into submission." - Zolton, Lost At E Minor

"A degree of genuine punch and something feels fiercely independent about it." - Daniel Dylan Wray, Glasswerk

"Early Mission of Burma filtered through the earliest releases on Invisible Records. Somehow it feels very familiar, yet completely new at the same time… For anyone who longs for the heyday when Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go weren’t just labels, but institutions, this is as inviting as it gets." - Creaig Dunton, Brainwashed

"Like a Hold Steady raised on London punk and based in Brooklyn, Glass Rifle's delivery stays true to the varied roots of all its members by distorting the relentless energy of British rock with a Williamsburg flair." - Joe Puglisi, Baeble Music

"Moving, unconventional and provocative. Blazing a new trail in contemporary music." - Tony Mastrianni, National Music Writer

"Urgent Post-Punk attack, kicking the living shit out of your ears…in a good way!" - Route For The Underdog

"It’s tight, incredibly crafted and stands alongside any classic American underground sound… Both of these tracks are pushing that complex hardcore formula to it’s limits, it’s just an impressive contemporary take on a genre that remains relevant thanks to Glass Rifle." - Jason Dean, 7Inches

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Glass Rifle are Americans Dan Colby, Ryan Francini, and British-born PJ Norman. The roots of the group lie in the Boston DIY punk scene where Colby and Francini first met. After stints on drums for Hydrahead stalwarts The Huguenots, and Jade Tree Record’s The Explosion, Colby formed The Cignal with Francini. In the mid ‘00s, after a well-received 7”, The Cignal disbanded and both Francini and Colby moved to New York City. It was here, several years later, that they met PJ Norman.

Norman, whose reputation as an electronic producer with the 100m Records Collective is well established (tKatKa, Fates), relished the opportunity to develop the guitar style he had with North London underground act Death By Sadie. Where Death By Sadie was a two guitar four-piece, the power trio format of Glass Rifle really pushes Norman’s striking guitar work to the forefront, enhanced by the intense Colby/Francini rhythm section that clearly displays the pair’s longstanding musical connection.

In early 2010 tracking began on the first Glass Rifle recordings. The Foebic/Cutters single was recorded at Melody Lanes Recording Company in Brooklyn, New York. It was recorded and mixed as a joint effort between the band and Melody Lanes producer Jay Braun (Elliot Smith, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cat Power). The stunning results were then mastered at The Magic Shop, NYC, by Grammy award winning mastering engineer Warren Russell-Smith (Rolling Stones, Tim Buckley).

The single was released digitally through 100m Records and was accompanied in true DIY style by a limited edition run of 300 exquisitely letter pressed, hand-numbered CDs, designed and printed by Letter From Brooklyn.

In 2011, the song Foebic was used in the soundtrack of the film Love American Skin, directed by renowned photographer Diana Scheunemann. Later in the year, Foebic was also included on the CMJ music sampler supporting Glass Rifle's appearance at the CMJ New Music festival.

Glass Rifle are currently finishing up their debut full-length with the same team that worked their 2010 single. The LP is slated for release July, 2012, and will be accompanied by a video directed by Scheunemann. Four of the tracks on the forthcoming album are featured here in this EPK.

Lyrics

Distants

Written By: Glass Rifle

See the hordes in the distance
See it through to the highest court
Coat tails of the missing
Riding out to parade of swords

See the hordes in the distance
See it through to the highest court
Coat tail won't listen
Riding out to parade of swords

We've got that silver machine

Up The Pressure

Written By: Glass Rifle

Another sequence here
Another day you can't afford now
Some of the patterns fear
Another day they trace away control

Colors in this skin
Keep it in mind
Over here lost under seas
Up the pressure
You cannot count on these sweet dreams

Another role repeats
Another day you can't ignore now
To fight the blinding sheets
Another day they trace away control

Another sequence here
Another day you can't afford now
To fight the blinding sheets
Another day they trace away control

Cutters

Written By: Glass Rifle

They got the police cut down on the streets
Fall outs from another war
There's no sleep for the cutters

Something changed
I'm not done 'til I find what sharpened their knives
'TIl we see that leather worn
Something changed
I'm not dead it's just the sound of loose lips on the line
All I've ever sworn

Anyone, anywhere, anything out there
Anyone, anywhere, anything out there
Anyone, anywhere, anything out there

Don't say what you've seen
You spoil your face in between
You can't hide inside those disasters
There's no cure for the working drastics

This line could break
This line could break
This line could break
This line could break

Don't say what you've seen
You spoil your face in between
You can't hide inside those disasters
There's no cure (for the working drastics)
You can't hold
You can't hold
You can't hold on
You can't hold

Foebic

Written By: Glass Rifle

The state's on fire
This light starts nations
Can't counter control
'Til the new waves fall
Can't counter control
Make it over the wall
This is what we've got

These spark will burn
These sides will turn
Been down
Set right in the crosshairs
Stick in those pins
And no nerves sing
Stick in those pins
And no nerves sing
This mercy sabotage

Seconds off control
No way to sink in this
Blackened heart
No recall, don't recall, no recall

Discography

2010 - Foebic/Cutters (single) [100m Records]
2011 - Love American Skin (Soundtrack) [100m Records]
2011 - CMJ New Music Sampler (November) [CMJ]
2012 - LP (in production)

Set List

1. Foebic
2. Cutters
3. Bent Lever
4. Castles
5. Gutter Love
6. Drone Away
7. Blinking Glitter
8. Up The Pressure
9. Golden Tar
10. Distants

© All songs Glass Rifle